CURRENT AND RECENT PROJECTS

FIBER DRAWING IN MICROGRAVITY

In collaboration with Dr. Bruce Nerad of 3M and Mohan Rao of Advanced Materials Research, we have demonstrated that the minimum glass viscosity for stable fiber drawing is strongly gravity dependent and that a microgravity environment favors the production of ultra-low-loss ZBLAN grass fibers and single-crystal core glass fibers. This project was discontinued because of the difficulties of participating in NASA flight projects.

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